Artful Intentions

Jerrold Levinson

in Aesthetic Pursuits

Published in print November 2016 | ISBN: 9780198767213
Published online December 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191821813 | DOI:
Artful Intentions

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This chapter is a critical notice of Paisley Livingston's 2005 Art and Intention, the most important book devoted to the question of the relationship between artistic intention and artistic meaning between Gary Iseminger's 1992 edited collection Intention and Interpretation and Christy Mag Uidhir's 2014 monograph Art and Art Attempts. In Art and Intention Livingston defends a rather strong intentionalism as regards the ontology and interpretation of works of art, the ground of which is laid by especially careful analyses of what an intention, an author, an oeuvre, and creation consist in. Though in substantial agreement with Livingston on many of the issues he addresses, this chpater engages critically with him on a number of points, and in particular attempt to respond to his criticisms of hypothetical intentionalism, the view on artistic interpretation favoured here, and which Livingston regards as the chief competitor to his own position.

Keywords: intention; artwork; interpretation; categorial intention; hypothetical intentionalism; author; oeuvre; creation

Chapter.  5139 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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